DIY projects

Vintage Display Curio Updated

curio update beforeI picked up an old display curio at an antique show not too long ago. It has potential, so I put it in my booth as I found it. But after a couple of weeks there, it just didn’t look like it fit in to my “style”, so it came home for an update.

The curio originally had a mirror in the door.  I unscrewed the hinges to remove the door, and replaced the mirror with chicken wire.

After a light sanding of the entire curio, I painted the piece with left over paint from my “library” room. It’s called “Silver Mist” by Sherwin Williams.

curio update after

The back of the curio was cover with seagrass look wallpaper I already had. (Picked up for $2.00 at Habitat Restore.)

curio update 3

curio update 2

I added a new door knob I had in my stash of hardware.

curio update before and after

I think it looks more “sellable” now. It could be used in a kitchen, or bathroom, or a craft room for supplies. 🙂 Back to the booth it goes!

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Antique Booth Display Shelves

I’ve had a booth at an Antique Mall for more than a year and a half now. In that time I have realized (rather quickly!) that I will not get rich anytime soon. But that’s okay… ‘cuz I’m having fun!

With that said, I don’t want to spend oodles of money on a display/storage piece that I’m not going to sell. And since my booth does not have walls, I need free-standing vertical storage/shelves to display merchandise.

So, what to do…? Make my own display shelf. I had a couple of shutters I picked up at Habitat Restore years ago. I don’t even remember my reason for buying them at the time. Because I can’t remember how much they cost either, they are technically “free” in my mind. See how that works??

shutter shelf 3

I removed some of the slats by wedging a hammer in between the slats, then twisting the hammer. (Please wear safety glasses!)

shutter shelf 6

Once the slat broke in two, the pieces came right out from the sides.

I laid the two shutters side by side to make sure I removed the correct slat in each one.

shutter shelf 2

I had a partial sheet of plywood in the garage that, magically, was the exact height of the shutters! That became the back of the display case. I attached the plywood to the shutters with wood glue and a pin nail gun.

I picked up two boards at Lowes for the shelves. They simply slide through the shutters where I removed the slats. I gave the shutters a quick paint white wash to brighten them up.

shutter shelf 4

Simple! And cheap. The boards from Lowes were $5.00 each and they cut them in half for me. Easy! I know a sewing/craft room that could use this shelf unit too!

shutter shelf 5

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Inexpensive Display Shelf

Ever since we rented a booth at an Antique Mall, we have been looking for inexpensive ways to display small items we’re selling. We’re working on several pieces of furniture to put our space, so I didn’t want to spend a lot of time or money on something we’re only using as a display shelf.

So, what to do…? I had a couple of shutters I picked up at Habitat Restore years ago. I don’t even remember my reason for buying them at the time. Because I can’t remember how much they cost either, they are technically “free” in my mind. See how that works??

shutter display shelf

I removed some of the slats by wedging a hammer in between the slats, then twisting the hammer. (Please wear safety glasses!)

shutter shelf 2

Once the slat broke in two, the pieces came right out from the sides.

shutter shelf 3

I laid the two shutters side by side to make sure I removed the correct slat in each one.

shutter display shelf

I had a partial sheet of plywood in the garage that, magically, was the exact height of the shutters! That became the back of the display case. I attached the plywood to the shutters with wood glue and a pin nail gun.

I picked up two boards at Lowes for the shelves. They simply slide through the shutters where I removed the slats. I gave the shutters a quick paint white wash to brighten them up.

shutter display shelf

Simple! And cheap. The boards from Lowes were $5.00 each and they cut them in half for me. Easy! I know a sewing/craft room that could use this shelf unit too!

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Booth Display Ideas

hinged door thumb nail

Opening up an antique booth has been a challenge in not spending money until we make some money.

But we need booth display ideas. We need to inexpensively decorate our booth with things we aren’t going to sell, like doors for back drops and dividers and shelves to display items on.

Since we haven’t made a sale yet, getting creative with decorating on the cheap has been our goal.

Roaming our favorite Habitat Restore, Crys and I came across 2 sets of hinged doors. Only $10.00 each!

Here’s how we turned them into standing display shelves and room dividers.

hinged door 1

They needed a little TLC, so when washing didn’t bring them back to life, I gave them a coat of white semi-gloss paint. Much better!  Even better still… I already had the paint.

hinged door 2

Once the paint was dry, I cut pieces of 1 x 3 with my miter saw and made shelf supports. It’s hard to see in these pictures, but each shelf support has two pieces of 1 x 3, one across the front, and one closer to the back. While using a level to keep them straight, I used wood glue and a nail gun to attach the 1 x 3 to the door.

hinged door 5

Then I cut the shelves out of foam core board, then covered them with this black and white shelf paper I had. The shelves come right out so we can re-cover them with the seasons or whenever we want a different look.

hinged door 3

In our booth, they act as a divider for our space from the booths next door. On the outside of the doors, we plan to hang pictures using decorative door knobs.

hinged door 4

Antique Booth Display Ideas

Our next cheap trick will be to have a panel of doors along the back of the booth. That will be coming soon!